Saturday, February 28, 2009
On February 1st, the 2009 State Council took a leap into the new year during the induction ceremony at the annual State Leadership Conference. We laughed off the butterflies and received the green Blazer. We all looked forward to the year we would spend together serving the 4-H program.
After leaving State Leadership Conference we had a little over 2 weeks to prepare ourselves for the training weekend. During Training & Orientation Weekend, we spent time getting to know ourselves, our advisors, and our team so that we could form a strong foundation. We made a few decisions, for example planning the State Achievement Days theme and also the theme for 2010 State Leadership Conference. We learned different skills and gave a speech we prepared for the weekend. As we departed that Sunday of training weekend, I felt very confident in our team and proud of the 4-H program. I know I can speak for the team when I say that we are very excited for the year to come.
Please stay updated as we move forward to Capital Days this April. I’m looking forward to this opportunity to serve you, our 4-H members and our 4-H program and to meet many people throughout our state.
Pennsylvania 4-H State President
Friday, February 27, 2009
Greetings! My name is Alex Stepnoski and I am honored to be your 2009 Pennsylvania State 4-H Council Vice President of Conference! I live in Bucks County where I am involved in the 4-H Teen Council, Buckingham 4-H, and Little Rascals 4-H Rabbit and Cavy (guinea pig) clubs. I am very much looking forward to representing the State 4-H program at various events.
To start off the council year, we were inducted at the 2009 Pennsylvania State 4-H Leadership Conference on January 30-February 1. This is where we begin to build the foundation of the council team. There were just over three hundred delegates at this fine conference, located at the Penn Stater Hotel in State College. The theme was “Dive into Leadership”. Delegates learn various leadership skills and apply them by participating in group activities in workshops. They also have the opportunity to listen to keynote speakers.
A couple of weeks after the Leadership Conference, we participated in our Training and Orientation Weekend at the Hartman Center near State College. Throughout the training session, we brainstormed themes for both State Days and the 2010 Leadership Conference. The 2009 State Days theme is “Rev up for State Days” and the 2010 Leadership Conference theme is “License to Lead”. We also gained knowledge in order to serve our 4-H program to the best of our abilities.
I am looking forward to meeting all of you throughout the course of the year!
Thank you very much!
2009 Pennsylvania 4-H Vice President of Conference
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Hello to one and all!! I am Laura Pifer and I am more than happy to be serving as the 2009 Pennsylvania State 4-H Council Vice President of Operations. First of all, I would like to say “Welcome!” to the Council Blog (a.k.a. The Clover Clipboard) Here you will be able to keep up with all six council members for the year. Check as often as you like to learn about what we are doing and how we are serving.
January 30 to February 1 of this year was the State Leadership Conference. Here we six got to know each other very well, a step in the right direction as we will be turning into a family over the course of the next year. I can only speak for my self, but I am proud to be a part of an amazing team and be able to serve the Pennsylvania 4-H program.
Two weeks after the conference, we were all back together again for our Training and Orientation Weekend at the Hartman Center in Milroy, PA. This weekend was packed with learning about what is expected of us as council members. We learned how to represent the 4-H program to the best of our ability, how to answer certain questions that we would experience during our term, and what we would be doing for the rest of the year. One item of business was determining the theme for the 2010 State Leadership Conference…”License To Lead” Not only did we have a wonderful time, we got to know each other much better. Being in close quarters for the weekend gave us a great chance to become closer as a team, learn about each other, and get to know our advisors all at the same time. At the end of the weekend on February 22, with everyone heading to their own section of the state, we were all jazzed for the year to come.
All in all, I am happy to say that I am very much looking forward to the upcoming year as a State Council Member. I am excited to meet new people and be able to give back to the 4-H program. After all, without it, I would not be who I am today.
Till the next time,
Pennsylvania State 4-H Council Vice President of Operations
for another fun year in 4-H! My name is Jessica Lehman and I am your
Vice President-Internal Affairs. Let me welcome you to the council's
blog! I encourage you to visit on a regular basis as each officer will
be posting entries at least once a month to give you an update on
current events within the state.
After being inducted during the closing ceremonies of the State
Leadership Conference on January 30th, 31st, and February 1st at the
Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, we were all eager to get the
ball rolling for this year's program. Three weeks after the SLC, each
of the six council members made their way to a quaint, little town
southeast of State College, PA where Officer Training Weekend
was held. After three days of intense training, the 2009 Council is
full of new ideas and skills which we will use to serve you to the
best of our abilities. Our first order of business was to choose the
theme for the 2009 State Achievement Days and the 2010 State
Leadership Conference. After careful deliberation, Council chose State
Achievement Day's theme to be "Rev Up!" and State Leadership
Conference's theme to be "License to Lead!", a James Bond theme!
In closing, I ask you to contact me with any questions you may have
about the upcoming year or the 4-H program. Please feel free to visit
with me at Capital Days in Harrisburg from April 18th to the 21st or
at State Achievement Days on July 28th to 30th. I look forward to
meeting each of you!
I would like to leave you with one of my favorite quotes:
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Pennsylvania 4-H State Vice President-Internal Affairs
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Wow, what an exciting month February has been! First I will introduce myself. My name is Jeanette Blank and I will serve as the PA 4-H State Council Reporter/Historian, or if you ask my teammates, the “Historter”. I am a part of the Snyder County 4-H program in the Backyard Bunnies 4-H Club and Teen Council.
On February 1st the 2009 State Council was inducted during the State Leadership Conference. I was so excited to meet the other girls and also proud of my achievement, but at the same time I understand the great amount of responsibility I have in representing all of you.
Two weeks later I began promoting our Service Learning Project, Checkout the Silver. I prepared an ad for my school’s morning announcements, placed containers in the teacher’s lounge and library, and collected tabs during our King and Queen of Hearts Dance at Midd-West High School.
February 20-22 was our State Council Training at the Hartman Center in Milroy. During the weekend we discussed Council Responsibilities, Officer Duties, Goal Setting, Value of 4-H, People Skills, 4-H Fundamentals, 4-H Forum, Speeches, Balancing Council, Parliamentary Procedure, and Teaching Workshops. Along with learning how to better serve the 4-H program, the Training Weekend was a great bonding experience with the other girls.
February has been a wonderful first month as a State Council member. Throughout the year I look forward to meeting all of you!
A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked. -Bernard Meltzer, radio host and personality
I am Christy Lambert, your new 2009 State 4-H Secretary. As my year begins, I look forward to everything that has been planned for my upcoming term. The fun began in January at State Leadership Conference when my fellow council members and I took our offices. The weekend was amazing! As the council team has finished our training weekend, I look forward to representing PA 4-H over the next year.
First, I want you to get to know me a little better. I live in Somerset County. Some of the ways I tell people where I live is through the connection with Flight 93 and Snyder’s Chip Factory. These are just a few land marks that make my home county special. 4-H has always been a big part of my life! I have taken just about every type of project 4-H has to offer including Entomology, Lamb, Goat, Dairy, Beef, Sewing, Cooking, Photography, Gardening, Crocheting, and a few others. I have to say my favorite projects are my livestock projects. I love spending time in the barn and the whole county fair atmosphere. I have a WOUNDERFUL mom that is always supporting me and also serves as a 4-H leader along with my only sister, Stephanie, who is the one who encouraged me to join 4-H. Other parts of the family are my 3 cats (Frisbee, Tommy, and Puss-Puss), dog (Teddy), and goat (Wilma). I hope you now know me a tad better and I look forward to the new year!
Take care until the next time,
PA 4-H State Council Secretary